Lions and Tigers and Rituals, Oh My!

Excuse me, while I channel a little of my girl Kali tonight. Y’all gone learn!

I’ve found that when you start throwing the word “ritual” around, it’s equivalent to a bank robber rolling up and slinging his gun around. Everyone goes into a panic, some duck down in fear of being shot and some randomly scream at the top of their lungs in horror. There’s a few that even grab their cross necklaces while doing their Hail Mary’s. And there may be a few that just stand there in shock with the stuck face. No one knows what to expect initially because they weren’t prepared for it. Their whole life flashes before their eyes. I guess I get it. Maybe not

I’ve also found that people are TERRIFIED of that which they aren’t fully aware of. When certain general self-care practices are mentioned in a language different than what most are used to hearing, everybody wants to have one big collective heart attack.

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Chill. 

They don’t realize that everything really is connected and complimentary. It always goes back to source. So let’s quickly examine what the word “ritual” means and what it implies.

No need to clutch your pearls, it’s not that bad! 

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Webster’s defines a ritual as a “religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order”. Taking religion out of it, this basically means ANYTHING that you do in a certain order to obtain a certain desired result. To make it even simpler, a ritual is your intention in action. 

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When you wash your clothes, it’s a ritual. When you wash your dishes, it’s a ritual. When you take a shower, it’s a ritual.  When you have sex, it’s a ritual. When you dance, it’s a ritual. Now in the spiritual world, us folks know that ritual can be a lot more intense and potent that than, especially when it comes to working that Juju. But for the folks just getting into this world and wanting to learn more, I want to make it a little simpler to digest.

With some of the above examples. there’s a certain order to them. Although they are mundane, they are necessary practices that will help you manifest the intended result of a clean house, clean body, and other pleasant things. That is..unless you like when your washing machine catches on fire or when your dishes grow mutated bacterial anomalies on it. Are you starting to see how the concept of rituals can be applied to everyday life? They just aren’t normally called rituals. In general, we all them as chores, good hygiene, twerking or getting it in.

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Let’s take it a little further. I feel like pushing the envelope tonight. If you’re religiously sensitive, you may want to stop reading right..here. No? Can’t say I didn’t warn ya!

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When you PRAYit’s a ritual. Yea, I said it! When you go to church and receive a program that tells you the order of the service (*cough* ceremony) and things are usually done in that order (with the occasional note at the bottom of the paper that reminds us that things may change, according to the Holy Spirit)..guess what? It’s a ritual. When the pastor puts his “healing hands” one of his members to give some spiritual healing and comfort. Not ONLY is that a form of Reiki, but that’s also a..oh I know you’re tired of this word now..R-I-T-U-A-L. Oops, was that your toe?

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Here’s a bonus: When people “speak in tongues”,  it’s a form of highly meditative chanting (another word that makes people want to throw a Bible at someone) that is usually previously induced by ritual (singing, dancing and anointing) that allows for the spiritual realm to open up just enough so that divine languages can be poured in the crown chakra (“Melodies from heaven..rain down on me!” Remember that song?) of the person, resulting in them channeling. But y’all don’t hear me though. 

 I hope you see where I’m going with this.

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I’m not trying to be hard on ya, but I just want to bridge the gap between a lot of misunderstandings in the spiritual world. Maybe next time, I will address the negative connotation behind being a witch? Mmm-hmm, we need to go there. At the end of the day, its really best for us to release judgement and really seek to learn the other side of things with an open mind and heart. You never know, it may just unlock blessings and knowledge that you’ve been yearning for!

I won’t give you all the answers because I want you to discover for yourself and create your own journey. But I WILL suggest some things to you that will help you make the most of the full moon energy tonight through a simple ritual like this one. I promise, it’s gentle and very beneficial.

Please share this with someone who needs these things broken down! We all deserve some clarity.

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YES! Money DOES Grow on Trees.

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A few months ago, I decided it was time to play my role in not wasting the abundance of money flowing through our household. I first had to come to terms with the fact that even though money is the currency created to control our energy in this 3-D world, this is the world I live in. If I was going to be involved in the game, I refused to be a pawn. I wanted to be the owner of the chessboard which I equated to my destiny. So I put all my hatred for the matrix system aside and took charge of my financial abundance. We had money coming in and I knew that proper care and feeding would bring in even more so I didn’t worry about that part of the equation. It was already taken care of. Focusing on gaps in our plan, I designed a savings plan and bill payoff strategy. I felt like something was missing so I decided to add some plant medicine, metaphysics, and spirituality and decided to grow a money tree. As an earth sign and a lover of all living things green, my lessons often come through plants.

The scientific name for a money tree is pachira aquatica. From an energetic perspective, it should be placed in the far northwest corner of your home where there is bright, indirect sunlight. The plant loves water but not so much that it’s standing in moisture so be sure to have proper drainage. Be sure to turn the plant each time you water it.

As I learned to care for this tree, I learned a few things about my relationships with people and money.

Individualized care promotes optimal growth and fertility – Plants are like people in that they will grow according to their care. In fact, sometimes despite their care. If you don’t get to know the individual needs of a plant or a person in your life, you may be operating on a care and feeding plan that’s not optimal for their growth. Sometimes the plant dies or the person leaves your life. In most cases, the plant stays alive and the person stays in a relationship with you and allows their growth to either be stunted or dysfunctional. The same thing can happen with your bank account if you don’t design a plan that’s customized to meet the needs of you and/or your family.

Dysfunctional eating, spending, and feeding will comprise the quality of the abundance – If you feed a child sugar-coated cereal, Pop Tarts, McDonalds, and hot dogs their cells become compromised and overtime, it leads to disease. Similarly, a plant needs to receive all the necessary nutrients it needs to prosper, otherwise, the leaves will turn yellow and the plant will stop producing foliage or fruit. Similarly, if you continually feed your desires with things that are not fruitful, you may stunt the flow of your money or cause a dysfunctional energy to be associated with the money, attracting misfortune.

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This is not my altar. It’s from a random picture on the internet that sparked some new ideas for me.

Atmosphere is everything – You can do #1 and #2 perfectly yet have a nasty attitude, dirty home, or negative energy which will most likely cause your plants to dies, relationships to end, and money to dry up faster than anything else. In addition to the atmosphere I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you can build an altar near your money tree to promote spiritual growth in your financial competency. This altar is not about worship, it’s about energy. You’re connecting your intention for financial abundance and optimal money management with energies that cause a certain kind of spark that will ignite a spiritual fire in your home, your relationships, and your finances. Place a table near your tree and fill it with green gemstones, paper money (the currency might be fabricated however, there’s power in the trees it’s made from, honey), green candles, additional green plants, waterfalls, and whatever else you’re led to include. Smudge the items and charge them with your intention through words and energy. Be sure all of the elements are represented on your table. Ironically, the money tree is a plant that represents all five elements so this energetic pairing will be awesome for your work. If you don’t believe in this type of stuff, no biggie, just do it for the aesthetics. There’s power in that, too. I encourage you to spend some time in this space daily praying, singing, chanting, incanting, speaking in tongues, dancing, meditating, journaling, or whatever you’re led to do. One key is to focus on the intention you set about your financial situation. Green candle meditations are great here as they help you focus on an intention.

So there you have it. YES! Money DOES grow on trees and you can start caring for your own today. Check out my tree. It started as a tiny little plant and now it’s growing and prospering.

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On another note, I’d like to give a shout out to Sharonda Chrome who has an amazing program focused on Healing Your Money Energy. I’ve been a part of her program this month and it’s added so much to my practices regarding money. To learn more, check out her website via the following link – http://www.sharondacrome.com/programs.html.

How to Have a Succulent & Fruitful Fall

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And just like THAT *snaps fingers* we have already entered into the Fall season. It seems like just yesterday that I was getting ready for my day and being greeted with the sun and a warmth that wrapped around me with the best “Hello” ever. Now I walk out with the tease of the sun and the quite crisp reminder that its now time to throw on a little sweater and start rearranging my closet. Yup, it was definitely just yesterday. 

Honestly, I’m really not a big fan of cold weather at all. In the spring and summer, my mind body AND spirit thrive and I definitely feel more energetic, vivacious and pleasantly fiesty. During those seasons I am always quite busy dancing, creating and traveling. Astrologically, my Rising sign in Sagittarius takes over and I let that part of me run with the wind.

But over time, I’ve learned to embrace the other seasons as well because each season has its own message. When the cool breezes start coming in and the days start getting a little shorter day by day, its a reminder to me that its time to slow down, pay more attention to the details, and nourishing myself with alot more self-love. To me, the fall season is all about creating the warmth from within.

If you have been following my last two-part posts, you’ll already know that this particular spring and summer season that has passed has been full of shifts and transformations for me. I have evolved to the point that I’m definitely not that same woman that I was before April, or the beginning of this year for that matter.

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Along with those shifts came new cravings for certain fruits in particular that I didn’t really eat on the regular like that. Recently I’ve had a very strong affinity to blueberries. Rich..juicy..sweet ORGANIC blueberries. Yes, there is a taste difference between organic blueberries and conventional ones. At first I didn’t pay this sudden craving any mind but then I started realizing that I was demolishing an entire container without even blinking. And they ABSOLUTELY had to be organic. I started just going with the flow and allowing my body to tell me what nutrients it needed by indulging whenever I got that twinge. Soon, I started eating them for a light breakfast and adding them to a breakfast with more substance like my “Day Oats” (don’t worry, I got ya covered on the recipe). 

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Blueberries are super high in antioxidants, help boost digestion and urinary tract health, aid in improving vision, heals the brain, and also helps to improve your mood. Well what you look at that..helps to improve your mood. Ah. During my warm season of constant movement and shifting, my emotions were, at times, all over the place. My body knew this so it naturally craved something that would help keep my immune system strong and help keep my mood grounded while I was going through. You see how much your body really loves you? You should definitely stand naked in the mirror the next chance you get and thank it. 

Blueberries are also a great end-of-summer fruit, which is great news because I’m still eating them and don’t plan on stopping. Ha! Seriously though, when you align your physical body, you’ll also discover that your body will crave certain foods according to the seasons. I’ll leave that cliff-hanger for a future post. Pretty soon, I’ll be craving and demolishing pears.

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Another thing that I discovered about blueberries was that its very color was beneficial and needed as well. If you follow the chakra system, the deep rich blue hue is associated with the throat chakra. One of the things that I had confront during my transformational period was to not only know my truth better but to SPEAK it with no apologies and zero hesitations. Confidence in myself got an upgrade. There’s no surprise that during this time I had weird jaw pain, my last two wisdom teeth started growing in more out of nowhere, and my gums started acting funny. Those damn wisdoms.  The energy body is real yall!

So how do you have a succulent and fruitful fall? It’s simple. Allow yourself to enjoy a handful of blueberries (with some pears on the side) as you start to think of all that the new season is about to bring you. I’ve already gotten a headstart. Have you?

Oops! Before I go, here’s a quick but nutritional breakfast to throw together for those days you’re running late:

“Day Oats”

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Ingredients: 

Raw Oats 

Chia Seeds 

Cinnamon 

Vanilla Extract 

Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk 

Blueberries 

Colorful Mason Jar (optional if you like to have fun)

Directions: 

1.) Add oats, chia seeds and cinnamon together then mix. 

2.) Next, add Hemp Milk and vanilla extract and mix. 

Pause. Please be advised that Chia Seeds thicken the minute liquid hits them, don’t add too much! Also you just need a little dash of vanilla extract. 

3.) Add blueberries and mix again. 

4.) Let the concoction sit for 15-30 minutes so that everything can soak and soften (great when you’re on your way to work).  

5.) Nom Nom! 

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You’re welcome.

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Come to the Green Side! Meditate with Your Plants!

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What’s green, adds to the air quality in your home, and a spiritual vibe on another level? Is it money? Is it spirulina? No silly, it’s houseplants! When you add houseplants to your home, you’re making a commitment to love and nurture the living green things. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. My goal is to fill my house will all manner of greenery because it makes me feel alive and raises the vibration in my home. I also want to have such an intimate connection with my plants that I can feel their spirits.

While taking care of my plants, I realized how well they responded when I talked to them, played certain music in my home, or even when I simply sat in their presence. The connection was undeniable because I felt amazing and I watched the plants’ enhanced growth as a result of our connection. One day, I decided it would be a good idea to do a plant spirit meditation so I charged my hands with Reiki energy, laid them gently on two plants and started breathing deep and chanting the primordial sound of the earth, Aum AKA Om. Since plants emerge from the earth, this sound is familiar to them and while I’m sure they’re still connected even from my home, I believe I put them in a nostalgic state and reminded them of their true home. Over the next few days, I noticed a change in the growth pattern with those plants I meditated with. I started doing the same practice with the others and experienced the same results.

Over time, I began to hear the spirit of the plants. No, I’m not crazy just in tune with nature. Everything on this earth is coded with information. Some plant species have been here for quite some time and have information coded in their plant cells that can change the world if we’d take the time to simply listen. For instance, in my most recent plant spirit meditation practice, I was led to sing Minnie Riperton’s Loving You. As I belted out the lyrics and gently laid my Reiki charged hands on the plants, I felt an electrical surge that words cannot explain. A peaceful calm filled the room and the plants literally stretched closer to me. It was a beautiful experience.

Someone asked me to share some good houseplants to buy. I tend to buy for function more than looks so my focus is which plants are best at cleaning the air and bringing peace to my home. Here are a few suggestions, aloe vera, spider plant, rubber tree, snake plant, golden pothos, english ivy, jade, diffenbachia, peace lily, ficus tree, bamboo plant, or philodendron.

If you’d like to learn more about the animate nature of plants, I encourage you to watch this amazing video called The Secret Life of Plants. And if you’re willing to come to the green side of life, I encourage you to meditate with your plants and see what happens over time as you continue this practice. What do you have to lose? Nothing at all. But you will gain so much.

Peace and blessings!

Full Bloom Lessons: Part Deux

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Let’s mentally teleport to somewhere really nice. If you haven’t been on a vacation yet, you can thank me later for this. Imagine that we are all sitting by the water with some nice Bahama Mamas while we talk about the complexities of life. Get comfy, throw up your feet and enjoy the breeze.

There are simply not enough words to describe life transformations sometimes! If you read my latest post before this one, you would already have the tea about what has been going on spiritually with me as of late.

In that post I mainly talked more about how the entire Universe conspired to make sure everything that I knew before that time fell ALL the way apart. Contrary to popular belief, things falling apart is not always a bad thing. Actually it’s a REALLY good thing. Let me explain.

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For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. – Cynthia Occelli

It’s easy to get on social media, post pictures and create amazingly inspirational statuses that will help motivate anyone. But it’s an entirely different thing to be in the midst of everything falling apart (or so it seems) and still manage to be vulnerable. Easier said than done, trust me. You know, we all get on each other about posting the “highlights” of our lives all the time and how happy everyone portrays their lives to be. There are even studies that prove how this affects some people. But do you want to know the kinds of things I like seeing when I scroll through my timeline? Authentic, raw and transparent commentary about the journey of someone who is constantly striving to BE light. And being HONEST about it. You can’t paint a pretty picture all the time.

This isn’t to say that it has to be a novel or that I enjoy digitally feeling people crying their eyes out every five minutes about the low points in their life. I still believe some things need to be kept in a journal, yes.  What I’m trying to say is that as a society AND community, we have a really hard time truly being vulnerable when our shit really does stink. Even worse, sometimes we lack the grace to express it in the right way. And you can forget about holding ourselves accountable for it all. Ask me how I know? I was given the same reality check.

Quite frankly, my recent process of coming undone most definitely triumphs the process I had going on almost a year ago, when I was embracing the unknown of some things that were transpiring in my life at that time. When going through things in my life, my usual M.O. is to immediately find a safe, hidden space to figure it all out. To the public, I will sometimes put on the “poker face”. Honey, Lady Gaga had nothing on my game. During this transformation period, I found myself being thrown out of my comfort zone and into experiences where I HAD to be vulnerable and raw about what was going on at that time. I couldn’t understand why I was getting opportunities left and right BUT in the midst of me having to put things on hold and feeling like everything wasn’t going to work out the way I planned.

Here are a few lessons I learned along the way:

Lesson 1: Your Vulnerability Heals Others Too

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It was in those moments where I realized that the Universe was straight ripping my cloak off of me for all the world to see ( at least that’s the way it felt to me). Even though I still had time to stay to myself and work behind the scenes to sort some things out, there was still another side that was drawing things in. During this time, I vividly remember a friend of mine reaching out for my writing services. I didn’t realize how burned out I was getting until I started to work on what he needed my help with. I mean, I literally had THEE hardest time writing things that were so natural to me. My mind and heart were all over the place. Instead of my friend catching an attitude, he called me out and reached out to me in a way that let me know “Hey, there’s someone who understands EXACTLY what I’m going through. All I had to do was open up a little more.” When I expressed what was going on, he helped me through my emotions and even gave me some tips on how to resolve and improve certain things. Over the course of some weeks, not only did this help me finish up the project HE needed from me much faster, but it also allowed me to help him through something he needed which in turn greatly helped BOTH of our businesses in a HUGE way. Now we look back at it in awe and laugh because it was THAT mind-blowing. Had I not laid down my resistance and allowed myself to be vulnerable, I would have missed a vital piece of my undoing. You see how that works?

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LADIES: If you don’t have really amazing male friends, you better get you some! Masculine presence is everything that you need! Don’t act like you don’t know!

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Lesson 2: Know Who You Are At Your Core..And Don’t Apologize For That Shit!

While going through this transformation, I was also going through the process of a complicated breakup. Complications make everything else..well even more complicated. Imagine being that butterfly that is completely changing its form and DNA while watching your caterpillar of a boyfriend become unrecognizable to you right before your very eyes. Yea. It was like that. Where I was going, I just couldn’t take certain people. And I most DEFINITELY couldn’t allow apart of myself to die because I wanted to stay recognizable to them either. The conflict and frustration that I endured throughout that whole ordeal helped me to stand more firm in who I was and to NEVER let anyone define that for me ever again. The more I was allowing myself to be taken away from my core, the more my essence starting running back to it like my life depended on it. Because it actually did. To the person on the outside, I was seen as being a “rebel”. I realized that if that’s what I had to be to be unapologetically me, then they could buy me the shirt to go with it!

It is SO important to not only know who are, but OWN it and not worry about how you will be judged. Why? Because for every ONE person that can’t deal with that part of you (mostly because that part of you challenges a part of THEM they haven’t addressed within themselves yet..Uh oh, am I stepping on some toes yet? STOMP. ) there is a WHOLE crew waiting for you to express that part so they can snatch you up, love you, guide you and SUPPORT you like the long-lost little sister/brother they never had.

So let those few “can’t dealers” go. I can guarantee you that as they walk away, there’s a spark you lit in them that won’t go away. It will light them up eventually.

Lesson 3: Grace is Sufficient, So Fall Right

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Like I described the fall of the Sky Mother, Ataensic, in Native American Mythology, I too had felt like I had fell from grace. HARD. In my eyes, there was just nothing cute about how everything was just breaking apart. To the people that know me really well, my turmoil could be seen on my face. To redirect the energy spent brooding over things that were just not working out, I would throw myself into other things. I’m not one to sulk for too long. Doing everything on my own was causing me to become very low tolerant with certain things with my friends, needing more solitude than usual and eventually I didn’t even feel like doing my usual spiritual practices because I was so out of it emotionally.

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. ~ Anne Lamott

What I was reminded of was that in some ways, I was loosing my grace. As a dancer, I’ve always been taught to never worry about the little mistakes or fumbles that I may make during a live performance. It’s always important to keep dancing. Why? Because those little mistakes you make look COMPLETELY different to the audience. If anything, they think that it’s apart of the flow of choreography you’re expressing and appreciate it even more. I can attest to that fully. You would think I would’ve remembered this when I felt like I was stumbling all over the place during my transformation period but..reminders have an uncanny way of coming when they’re needed, and NOT when you expect them.

“When life doesn’t meet your expectations, it was important to take it with grace.”

Patricia Briggs, When Demons Walk 

Wanna know a secret? Although I’ve felt as if I’ve already broken out of my Chrysalis, I am still getting used to these new wings. It’s said that when a butterfly has emerged out of its cocoon, its wings are still wet. However, this doesn’t mean that her wings are too wet to fly. What you don’t see close up is that she has to push the fluid from the front of her little body TO her wings so that she’s balanced, poised and ready for take off.

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You ain’t seen nothing yet. 

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”

Robert A. Heinlein

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Technology is YOU!

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What is technology? When you think of that word, what comes to mind?

For many years, I was under the impression that technology had to be an electronic invention. You know, a computer, cell phone, beeper, a gaming system, electrical equipment in a command center, and other things of that nature. Then one day, I was listening to a prominent leader in our community speak and he referred to a method of farming and our dreams as technology. I missed the rest of the lecture as I kept pondering on the idea of technology being something different than what I was told in school and by society. This was one of those experiences that let me know just how far The Miseducation of Sherrice Sledge-Thomas had gone.

I decided to be open to new ideas about technology and over time, I discovered that all of the things I considered to be technology were mimicking the true technology of the human body or the multiverse. Computer technology started with the goal of mimicking the human brain and doing it in an even more efficient manner. The quartz crystal technology in the computer serves as an energy center. In fact, the precious stone is used in almost every form of technology. Planes were made to mimic a bird’s ability to fly from one place to another at a fast pace. Some even say that humans can fly in astral dreams and the idea of projecting from place to place inspired the idea of time travel and the speed of light. Geometric shapes serve as technology, too.

With this new information, I encourage you to look at technology from a new perspective and know that your personal technology is being mimicked through inventions all over the word. We are made of energy that operates on binary codes and electrical charges. If you begin to see your body as technology, then you’ll understand the importance of taking care of your own technology.

Here’s a resource to help you on your journey. Khnum-Ptah to Computer by African Creation Energy – http://www.africancreationenery.com.

Love and light!

Ataensic’s Chrysalis: Full Bloom

Guess whose back?!!

It’s been a really long time since I’ve gave you all some goodness lately, and I am most certainly going to make up for it. But first I must warn you, I’m not the same person you met the last time you read my words. 

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No no..I’m not a shapeshifter and I didn’t steal someone’s identity in futile attempts to explore the world. (..although I always wanted to be a world traveler..ahem..well that’s besides the point).

My hiatus was due to some much-needed extensive time in my Chrysalis aka my cocoon. On all fronts, Spirit was prompting me to take everything–and I do mean EVERYTHING— to the next level. It was time for the next step in my evolution. And there was no escaping it.  It was also time for me to step back, pick up and re-discover some important things I may have left behind. I wish I could be super detailed about every little thing but as you can see, this process took a good 3-6 months to get to, with the last 3-4 months being the most intense.

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I have this habit where I’ll try to mentally backtrack and figure out when things started to get really cray-cray. It’s a kind of checkpoint that gives me an idea of all that I’ve went through and triumphed through thus far. #CapricornProblems

I can say that everything started to hit a plateau around the middle of April. My spidey senses started tingling around this time and I started getting new signs; signs that I usually didn’t get. I am one of those people who gets a ton of different angel numbers and a slew of other kinds of messages but something else started to emerge. I started to getting some SERIOUS animal totems.

Ironically around this time, I was finishing up the pages of one of my main life journals. The ending of a journal is always significant to me because it usually ends in a way that is symbolic of a major phase ending in my life. Of course, I always do a ritual to honor that. The next few days I went on a search for a new journal at Barnes & Nobles. I am suuuch a sucker for the printed Italian leather ones. Now usually they only have certain kinds of Italian leather designs, but this time around, they had just put out some unusually bold designs that I wasn’t used to. It was a pleasant and welcomed surprise though. I usually expect for it to take me about 20 minutes to pick the right journal that speaks to me, mainly because I always find two that I REALLY like and I have to play a serious game of elimination. The times have definitely changed, as I INSTANTLY saw the one I was supposed to have.

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Now I’ve never been super big on butterflies but this journal almost felt like it was calling ME and me ONLY. It was the loudest inner answer I had ever gotten. I even tried to revert back to trying to find a second best to compete with it (you know, just to make sure I was still sane) and it was almost as if the journal said “Tashia..Ta–WOMAN. I am RIGHT HERE. No..no don’t look behind me..noooo. I’m exactly what you need right now. Yes..yes that it.

The card reads:

The card reads: “Mosaic Butterflies – Cultural myth and lore honor the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.

That night I went into my mini-art studio and created some art while opening my new journal. The window was cracked, bringing in fresh spring air that had big promises of warm weather to come, and my Spirit was so excited about the things to come that every nerve ending felt like it was dancing. Although I wasn’t exactly sure what was coming, I knew that I was super excited about its arrival for sure.

..I really wish somebody would’ve told me “Chile!! You’re in for a wild ride!!” because that’s EXACTLY what I was in for. During this time, I started connecting with some AMAZING women from the Divine Wisdom Radio crew. They created a 30 Day “Heal Thyself” Challenge that just really blew me away. The culmination of this challenge was an overnight womb retreat that I’m so glad I was able to drive down with a good friend and participate in. (Be sure to check out the reflections from the retreat here)

During this time, my animal totems increased BIG time. I mean I saw butterflies EVERYWHERE, in waking and in dream life. My Angel numbers increased, I started receiving a bunch of spirital gifts in the form of complimentary readings and as I opened myself up more, everything just started accelerating. To align mind body and spirit, I also did a 3-day juice detox. However, with that acceleration came a few breakdowns of course. Family matters came up, my business plans slowed up, causing me to go on hiatus for awhile and the relationship I was in that I THOUGHT was the bomb literally turned into..well a bomb that completely blew up in my face. The hometown city I currently reside in became worldwide news as riots broke out everywhere. It all just took a toll on me that I honestly wasn’t expecting. Then.. enter the glorious planet retrogrades! Mercury TORE. ME. UP. You hear me?

In hindsight, I was the EPITOME of what that butterfly represented. She wanted me to know that we were one in the same. And she wouldn’t stop buggin’ me until I figured it out. The gift that I was getting was a complete reset so that I could enter my next stage in life with a clean slate. Anything that was going to impede that process had to be removed because there was only so much room within that chrysalis. Lawd knows I needed all my strength and all the space to push out of that thing when it was time to.

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Totem Talk: The butterfly is associated with the soul, symbolizing profound personal transformation, renewal and elevation from earthly matters. She carries the important message of moving through major transitions with grace and lightness.

What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. Imagine the whole of your life changing to such an extreme you are unrecognizable at the end of the transformation. – Anna Merkaba

More recently, the butterfly came back to remind me that she wasn’t quite done. This past weekend’s Lion’s Gate portal on Saturday reopened the entire phase I had been going through. This time however, it was a reminder that it was finally time to break out of the cocoon. The struggle was ending and the woman I was when I first entered was stronger, wiser and working with an advanced blueprint. One that I was more confident about. Further confirmation of that came in the form of yet another picture I just happened to see on a friend’s page of a butterfly emerging out of her cocoon with ease. In every aspect of my life, I felt like the struggle was ending. My business, Earth Wind & Finds, LLC started blooming in bigger and better ways, my finances started to balance out, my writing skills increased and I experienced a ton of patience and support from really good friends. That ain’t even half of it. We would be here forever though. 

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I was also reminded of my Native roots and how everything was interconnected before I even paid enough attention to realize it. This journey also helped me become more passionate about connecting with my ancestors. Last week, I was researching some Goddesses to put on a new altar I wanted to put together and came across Ataensic herself. When I read her story again with a new perspective, I instantly resonated with her.

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The Native American Goddess, Ataensic, was the Iroquois Goddess of Fertility & Motherhood. She is also more widely known as the Sky Mother. According to legend, she lived in a world above the sky, in the celestial realms. While she was pregnant, she fell through a hole in the sky, dug up from the roots of a tree. It’s said that her jealous husband, Sky Chief, lured her into the hole.

The world was a watery place at that time. However, waterbirds came to meet her and helped her land safely on the back of a big turtle. She drew up mud from below to form land on the Earth. In many ways she was the First Woman who later gave birth to a daughter that gave birth to twins that represented the duality of good and evil.

Was it a coincidence that I felt connected to this particular Goddess, being that I am myself from an Iroquois tribe? Nope! Was it coincidence that around the end of last year, I felt drawn to write for a blog  that directly honors her? Of course not! Her story reflected exactly what I felt and had been through. In many ways, I felt like I had fell from grace in the worst way. But I still managed to land safely and gracefully, creating new, stronger ground to walk on. You would think that I would have connected all this a long time ago, I mean from the outside looking in it was pretty clear. Don’t you hate when that happens? 

There were so many lessons I learned and re-visited during this time. Lessons that I will go more into in the next post.

Nowadays, my truth is stronger than ever.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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